Mids to Kick Off 2020 with Labor Day Primetime Game Against BYU

Mids to Kick Off 2020 with Labor Day Primetime Game Against BYU


Navy (0-0, 0-0 AAC) vs. BYU (0-0)
When Monday, Sept. 7, 2020 | 8:00 pm (ET)
Location Annapolis, Md. | Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
Television ESPN (Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams)
Live Video Stream Watch ESPN
Listen Navy Football Radio Network (Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller, Keith Mills, Scott Wykoff)

WBAL 1090 AM / 101.5 FM (Baltimore) | WNAV 1430 AM, 99.9 FM (Annapolis) | WJXL 1010 AM, 92.5 FM (Jacksonville) | WXTG 102.1 FM / 1490 AM (Norfolk, Va.) | W270DA 101.9 FM (Norfolk, Va.) | WQBK 107.9 FM (Williamsburg / Yorktown, Va.) | KWFN 97.3 FM (San Diego, Calif.) | WFED 1500 AM | WFED 104.5 FM (Western Fairfax / Loudon, Va.) | WFED 820 AM, 94.3 FM (Frederick, Md.) | WBQH 1050 AM, 93.5 FM (Washington, DC / No. Virginia) | Sirius Ch. 138 / XM Ch. 201 / Internet Ch. 964
Live Stats Navy Athletics
Game Notes Navy | BYU | AAC
Season Statistics Navy | BYU | AAC
Social Media @NavyAthletics | @NavyFB | Facebook | Instagram


Setting the Stage

•    Navy and BYU will meet for the third time on the gridiron and for the first time since 1989 when they square off on Labor Day night (8:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (34,000). The game is presented by Navy Mutual.

•    Per current rules in the state of Maryland, there will be no fans at the game. There is currently a Secretary’s Order from the Maryland Department of Health outlining what is and is not permissible in terms of social gatherings and sporting events.

•    Navy is 11-1 (.917) in home openers under head coach Ken Niumatalolo with its only loss a 31-24 decision against Rutgers in 2014. The Mids own wins over Towson, LA Tech, Georgia Southern, Delaware (twice), VMI, Colgate, Fordham, Tulane, Memphis and Holy Cross.

•    Navy is 7-5 (.583) in season openers under Niumatalolo (home or away) with wins over Towson, Delaware, at Indiana, Colgate, Fordham, at Florida Atlantic and Holy Cross. Navy’s losses in season openers have all come either on the road or at neutral sites – Ohio State (twice), Maryland, Notre Dame and Hawai’i.

•    This will be just the sixth time in Niumatalolo’s 13 years that Navy has opened at home. The Mids are 5-0 in those games with wins over Towson, Delaware, Colgate, Fordham and Holy Cross.  Navy outscored their foes by a combined score of 226-53.  

•    Monday’s game will mark the first night game played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium since 2005, when Navy lost to Stanford, 40-38. It will be Navy’s first appearance on ESPN at home since the 2017 Military Bowl, a game the Mids won 49-7 over Virginia.

Broadcast Coverage

•    ESPN will televise the BYU game nationally with Rece Davis, Kirk Herbstreit and Allison Williams on the call.

•    WBAL Radio will air a Navy Football Preview Special on Sunday at 11:00 am, which will be hosted by Navy football radio analyst Joe Miller.

•    The Navy Football Tailgate Show on WNAV Radio 1430 AM / 99.9 FM will air at 6:00 pm with Wylie Baker and Bill Lusby.

•    The Navy Football Pregame Show with Pete Medhurst, Joe Miller, Keith Mills and Scott Wykoff will get underway at 7:00 pm on the Navy Radio Network, followed by game action beginning at 8:00 pm with Medhurst, Miller and Mills on the call.   

•    Following the contest, Medhurst, Miller, Mills and Wykoff will recap the day’s events in a 30-minute postgame show.

Navy In Season Openers

•    Navy is 7-5 in season openers under head coach Ken Niumatalolo, including a 5-0 mark when opening the year at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  

•    All five of the Mids’ opening-game losses under Niumatalolo have either played on the road or at a neutral site – Ohio State twice (once in Columbus and once in Baltimore), Maryland (Baltimore), Notre Dame (Ireland) and Hawai’i (Honolulu).

Navy-BYU Connections

•    Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo and BYU head coach Kalani Sitake hail from the same hometown on the north shore on the island of Oahu, La’ie (population 6,138 over 2.1 square miles).  

•    Niumatalolo’s son, Va’a, is a 2018 graduate of BYU where he was a four-year member of the football team, appearing in 18 games. Va’a Niumatalolo played two years for Bronco Mendenhall and two for Sitake. He is currently the assistant to the director of football operations at Navy.

•    Va’a Niumatalolo‘s brother-in-law, Fisher Jackson, is a freshman defensive lineman for BYU.

•    BYU linebacker Pepe Tanuvasa is a transfer from Navy, playing in 13 games for the Mids in 2018.

•    Navy slot backs coach Joe DuPaix was the recruiting coordinator and running backs coach at BYU from 2011-12.

Remembering David Forney

•    Navy will honor former Navy football player David Forney this season by wearing a sticker on the back of its helmets. The sticker pictures Forney running out of the tunnel at the 2019 Army-Navy game carrying the American flag with the word Brotherhood underneath. Navy will also not issue the #68 this year.

•    Forney, a senior offensive lineman, died passed away on Feb. 20 after being found unresponsive in Bancroft Hall.  He was 22-years old.

•    Forney was a three-year letter winner for the Mids and played in 39-consecutive games over his final three years.

•    In 2019, he started all 13 games at guard for the Mids and was the anchor of an offensive line that set a school record and led the nation in rushing, averaging 360.5 yards per game. Forney was extremely proud of being part of a senior class that authored the second-greatest turnaround in the history of FBS football as the Mids won a school-record tying 11 games, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, shared the American Athletic Conference West Division title and won the Liberty Bowl. Forney was named First-Team American Athletic Conference and First-Team All-East.

•     A native of Walkersville, Maryland and a 2015 graduate of Georgetown Prep, Forney is survived by his parents, Rick and Erika Forney, younger brothers, Chris and Erik, and sister, Rebekah.

•    Forney, who was a member of the ninth company at the Naval Academy and a political science major, would have graduated on May 22. He was due to serve as a cryptologic warfare officer.

America’s Team

•    Navy’s roster represents players from 27 different states.  

•    Maryland and California lead the way with 16, while Alabama and Texas have produced 15 each and Georgia has delivered 11.

This Date In Navy Football History

•    This will be the seventh time Navy has played on Sept. 7 and the first time since 2013 when it traveled to Bloomington and knocked off Indiana 41-35 behind quarterback Keenan Reynolds.  

•    Another big win on Sept. 7 came in 1996 when Navy won at Rutgers, 10-6, in the season-opener. That team went on to post a 9-3 record and defeat Steve Mariucci and the Cal Golden Bears 42-38 in the Aloha Bowl. It was Navy’s first bowl appearance in 15 years and the first bowl win in 18 years.

Navy’s Trends Under Niumatalolo

•    Ken Niumatalolo is entering his 13th year as head coach at Navy. He is the longest-tenured coach in school history and in the American Athletic Conference.

•    With 98-career wins, Niumatalolo is the winningest coach in school history and with his nine wins against Army, he is the winningest coach in the history of the Army-Navy Game.

•    Navy is 63-13 (.829) under Niumatalolo when scoring first, including 7-1 (.875) in 2019.

•    Navy is 82-5 (.943) under Niumatalolo when entering the fourth quarter with the lead, including 10-0 in 2019.

•    The Mids are 69-16 (.812) under Niumatalolo when scoring 30 or more points in a game, including 10-0 in 2019.

•     Navy is 84-20 (.808) when holding the opposition to under 30 points, including 9-0 in 2019.

•     The Mids are 53-13 (.803) at home under Niumatalolo, including 6-0 in 2019. Over the last five years, Navy is 25-4 (.862) at home. In years that Navy has gone to a bowl game, the Mids are 48-8 at home (.857) under Niumatalolo.

•    Navy is 60-19 (.759) under Niumatalolo when scoring on its first possession (regardless of who had the ball first), including 6-1 (.857) in 2019, and 37-41 (.474) when it doesn’t score on its first possession, including 5-1 in 2019.  

•     When Navy scores a touchdown on its first possession of the game (regardless of who had the ball first) in the Niumatalolo era, its record improves to 51-12 (.810), including 5-1 in 2019.

•    When Navy starts the game with the ball in the Niumatalolo era and scores, the Mids are an impressive 18-5 (.783), including 2-1 in 2019. When the Mids start the game with the ball and go down and score a touchdown, the record is even better at 13-2 (.867), including 2-1 in 2019. The only losses came at Toledo in 2013, 45-44 in triple overtime, and in 2019 against Memphis 35-23.

•    When the opposition starts the game with the ball and scores a TD, Navy is 16-21 (.432) in the Niumatalolo era. If the Mids hold them to a field goal, Navy is 5-5 (.500). If the opposition starts the game with the ball and Navy holds them off the scoreboard, the Mids are 46-16 (.742).

•    Under Niumatalolo, Navy is 31-22 (.585) with more than one week to prepare for an opponent, including 5-2 (.714) in 2019.

Fagot Earns Preseason Attention

•    Junior linebacker Diego Fagot has been named a 2020 Preseason Third-Team All-American by Phil Steele and is also on the Watch Lists for both the Nagurski and Bednarik Awards.

•    Fagot is coming off a dominant sophomore campaign that saw him lead the team in tackles with 100 (52s-48a) and was second on the team in tackles for a loss (12) and sacks (5.5). Over the course of the season, he forced 2 fumbles, broke up 2 passes and had an interception that he returned for a touchdown. Fagot earned First-Team All-AAC recognition last fall and was named the Liberty Bowl Defensive Player of the Game for Navy.

President Kinley On The Wuerffel Trophy Watch List

•    Senior cornerback Cameron Kinley, who serves as the Class of 2021 Naval Academy Class President, has been named to the 2020 Wuerffel Trophy Watch List.

•    The Wuerffel Trophy, named after former Florida quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel, exists to honor college football players who serve others, celebrate their positive impact on society and inspire greater service in the world.

•     Kinley, who started all 13 games at corner last fall, contributed 38 tackles, 5 pass breakups, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a sack for a Navy team that posted an 11-2 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, shared the American Athletic Conference West Division title and won the Liberty Bowl.

•     Off the field, Kinley carries a 3.32 grade-point average while majoring in political science.

•     Both Kinley and senior slot back Myles Fells have political aspirations and plan on running for President and Vice President, respectively, in 2040. The pair currently uses the hashtag #KinleyFells2040.


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